KEI Milano è molto buona Past Review

By (English/Teaching, Eastern Kentucky University) - abroad from 02/01/2014 to 05/31/2014 with

KEI Abroad in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was independent before studying abroad, but I gained a larger sense of it during my semester in Italy. Life is about seizing opportunities and making the most of them, and I feel like I certainly did while in Milan. I would encourage everyone to study abroad.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The professors are all highly distinguished in their subject areas. They are current professionals, so they have insider knowledge and regularly share any advantageous tips with their students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Ivana is the IED contact for international students. She is very friendly and eager to help in any way that she can.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our apartments were impressive, but the apartment staff was not. However, KEI has changed housing providers and current/future students will not experience the same accommodation issues.

* Food:

It's Italy; I don't think an explanation for my five-star food rating is necessary.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

With KEI, you are fully integrated into the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

The apartments had kitchens, so we were able to purchase food at the supermarket and store it, saving money by eating at home.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to travel on Saturdays. ItaliaRail will usually run a 2-for-1 discount. You can split tickets with a friend and pay half price. Also, check Ryan Air and Easy Jet regularly for good deals.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Near the city center, most people know English. As you get farther away from the Duomo, less and less people will be able to understand English.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • courses in English
  • weekly cultural activities
  • participation in Milan Fashion Week
* What could be improved?
  • apartments (already has been improved)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring two suitcases and only fill one! It's better to have too much space than not enough space-- I definitely learned that the hard way...

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.